Court grants compensation in acid attack case, directs State to provide free treatment.


Case title: Suo Moto vs State of Assam & Director General of Police; WP(C) Taken up No. 749 /2014; Gauhati High Court Synopsis: On the night of 06-11-2013, at around 10.30 pm, two masked men allegedly threw concentrated acid on one Ms. Rukmini Kalita, and her two daughters, Ms. Nirupama Kalita and Ms. Karisma Kalita, of Kamargaon village in Darrang district, while they were returning from a village function, thereby injuring them seriously. At first, they were admitted to the District Hospital and subsequently on the same night they were referred to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital. Ms. Rukmini Kalita and Ms. Karisma Kalita were discharged the next day. Whereas Ms. Nirupama Kalita because of the severity of her injuries underwent three surgeries and was discharged on 13-01-2014. An FIR was registered by Mr. Tilak Kalita, husband of Ms. Rukmini Kalita, at Sipajhar Police Station based on which Case No. 341/13 was registered under Sections 341, 326A and 34 of IPC, and conducted investigations. The victims belonged to Below Poverty Line (BPL) and could not go ahead with the Treatment that was required. On behalf of the victims, a representation was made before the Hon’ble Chief Justice by a family member of the victims, Sri Achuyatananda Hazarika, and two organizations (viz. WinG-Assam and Assam Mahila Samata Society) detailing the incident and the prayers of the victims The petitioners have prayed for: Immediate Compensation; A judicial inquiry into the matter; Immediate protection to the victims; Rehabilitation and better treatment of the victim in a specialized hospital in New Delhi. The initial amounts paid to the victims that is Rs. 300000 to Ms. Nirupama Kalita, Rs. 50000 to Ms. Karishma Kalita and Rs. 10000 to Ms. Rukmini Kalita was not sufficient to meet their entire medical expenses. Status: Disposed off. Initially, the Court had directed for the constitution of a medical board to assess the financial requirements for the treatment of Ms. Nirupama Kalita and Ms. Karishma Kalita. The Board had stated an estimated requirement of finances and that treatment could be done at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi. The State Government was directed to provide specialized free treatment to the victims free of cost along with traveling and lodging. Also, the traveling and lodging expenses of one attendant were directed to be borne by the State Government.